Sep
23
2013

Honoring tradesmen

Sept. 20 was National Tradesmen Day, a fairly new observance created to honor those who often receive little honor. It’s about time they did. (Read More…)

Sep
18
2013

Charged up

To follow up David’s blog of last week, I’m also addressing electricity this time around. However, my electric story has a happier ending. (Read More…)

Sep
13
2013

Fumble

Every human being attempts to recover from a fumble. The action is instinctive and automatic, and nearly always makes things worse, especially around sharp things. (Read More…)

Sep
11
2013

A job well done

I finished a major book project yesterday – itself a series of 25 separate woodworking projects – and now it’s time to celebrate. (Read More…)

Sep
03
2013

Facebook’s woodshop

High-tech companies are known for employee-friendly work environments that encourage play along with work. Facebook’s newest employee perk is especially interesting to us woodworkers. (Read More…)

Aug
27
2013

No such thing as scraps

I don’t believe in scrap. By that I mean I regularly use it to make something else instead of getting rid of it. But this time the scrap became an entire, ready-to-go separate project. (Read More…)

Aug
23
2013

The last full measure

A favorite tool bit the dust yesterday, and I will miss it. (Read More…)

Aug
20
2013

Bamboozled

Remember last week when my fruitless search for 2″ bamboo caused me to redesign a project? Even though the altered project came out OK, I couldn’t stand it. (Read More…)

Aug
13
2013

No. 500

Welcome to my 500th “Over the Workbench” blog. I won’t say, “It’s hard to believe this is No. 500,” since you can reach any number just by adding more to it. But, yikemo, that’s a lot of blogs. (Read More…)

Aug
09
2013

Holy Grail

Ever try to find a material or component for a project, but can’t? The ongoing search can escalate to an obsession. (Read More…)